It was sometime in the mid-70s when a very important research collaboration occurred. An idea was sparked when the question came about. What if tiny particles could expand up to 60 times their original size without increasing in weight? The rest, as they say, is history. Today, AkzoNobel is a world leader in expandable thermoplastic microspheres that’s used in products all over the globe.
Below are our most important milestones.
In September, the first order of Expancel Microspheres is shipped.
Our first office for the Expancel business in the USA is established and is later followed by a production unit.
High temperature microspheres launches on the market.
Akzo and Nobel Industries, where Expancel was a part, merge to form AkzoNobel.
Fourth generation of Expancel Microspheres is introduced on the market.
Start-up of Expancel production in China.
We introduce our food packaging grades.
Expanded production plant for Expancel in Sundsvall, Sweden opens.
Opening of a sales office in Japan.
Production of Expancel starts in Brazil.
Expancel approved by the US FDA for use in wine corks.
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